Everth Cabrera didn’t last long after coming off the DL earlier this month, and he’s back on the disabled list with a recurring hamstring problem.
Cabrera played in eight games after his return. He had hits in six of those games, but didn’t walk, and had just one multi-hit outing.
For the year, the second-year shortstop is hitting a weak .212/.257/.283.
Lance Zawadzki, who was 2-for-11 earlier this year with San Diego filling in for Cabrera, has been recalled from Triple-A Portland again.
Jerry Hairston, batting a Cabrera-esque .236/.278/.318, will likely get a lot of the shortstop time while Cabrera recovers, as he did last time, but I’d like to see more of Zawadzki.
Zawadzki had an anemic line (.218/.295/.277) in Triple-A, but he was killing the ball (.333/.405/.485) in his latest nine-game stint after being sent down on May 17.
Obviously, the 25-year-old Zawadzki has more upside than Hairston, and it’s not like Hairston’s performance merits a big league job, let alone a starting gig, so I really would like to see Zawadzki get more than 11 ABs this time around.
Cabrera will rest his hamstring for two to three weeks before starting up baseball activities again, so it looks like this will be beyond a mere 15-day stint. Hopefully Zawadzki shows enough to push Hairston aside in that time. And best of luck to Cabrera on a speedy recovery, because neither backup option is starting-caliber.